Monthly Archives: January 2009

Pollyanna Has Her Cake and Eats it too

Lyda here. This post is VERY overdue. My apologies, Marin!

Ya’ll may remember that a bit ago I was whining about the lack of cake in my life among many other things.

The other day I got an email from my hopefully-future sis-in-law (yes, I’m still hoping she marries Gorgeous-And-Available Engineer Brother, don’t rain on my parade, ya’ll – but I digress…) saying:

“You have probably received the cake by now…”

And I was puzzled mightily…

That same day, I came home to find a small box sitting on my doorstep.

And the return address? Our own Anti-M herself.

Naturally I rushed to open this important package.

And inside?

You guessed it.



Oh yes she did.

That’s right, ya’ll.

Anti-M mailed me a slice of cake.

She is insane.

But in the very best way.

Thanks again, Marin! It was delicious, and I could hardly eat it for laughing so hard. You made my month!

And yes, I took pictures. I’ll share with ya’ll when I get them developed.

Pollyanna Takes “Self Referential” to a New Level

Anna-Liza here, responding to Lyda’s music meme thingy. I graduated from high school a mere two years later than she did, and look how much better the music got!  (It was actually pretty damn good in 1978–Lyda’s year, but the pop charts hadn’t caught up yet. They were only starting to catch up in 1980–my year. I mean the whole punk/New Wave thing was really starting in the late ’70s but the general public didn’t know about it yet. Iggy Pop! Some of Bowie’s best stuff! Blondie, The Ramones, Elvis Costello, Lene Lovich! And I’m not as allergic to disco as Lyda is. There was some really good R&B based dance music in the general mess. Wow, this might be my longest ever parenthetical aside!)

I linked to a few videos if I thought they were … entertaining. In what way, I’ll leave to you to decide. But dig the hair in “Him” by Rupert Holmes. And Freddy Mercury is always worth watching. So here are the top 100 pop songs of 1980:

1. Call Me, Blondie
2. Another Brick In The Wall, Pink Floyd
3. Magic, Olivia Newton-John
4. Rock With You, Michael Jackson
5. Do That To Me One More Time, Captain and Tennille
6. Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Queen 
7. Coming Up, Paul McCartney
8. Funkytown, Lipps, Inc.
9. It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me, Billy Joel
10. The Rose, Bette Midler
11. Escape (The Pina Colada Song), Rupert Holmes
12. Cars, Gary Numan (I liked it okay then, but he had a lot better stuff.)
13. Cruisin’, Smokey Robinson
14. Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me Girl, Spinners
15. Lost In Love, Air Supply
16. Little Jeannie, Elton John
17. Ride Like The Wind, Cristopher Cross
18. Upside Down, Diana Ross
19. Please Don’t Go, K.C. and The Sunshine Band
20. Babe, Styx
21. With You I’m Born Again, Billy Preston and Syreeta
22. Shining Star, Manhattans
23. Still, Commodores
24. Yes, I’m Ready, Teri De Sario With K.C.
25. Sexy Eyes, Dr. Hook
26. Steal Away, Robbie Dupree
27. Biggest Part Of Me, Ambrosia
28. This Is It, Kenny Loggins
29. Cupid-I’ve Loved You For A Long Time, Spinners
30. Let’s Get Serious, Jermaine Jackson
31. Don’t Fall In Love With A Dreamer, Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes
32. Sailing, Christopher Cross
33. Longer, Dan Fogelberg
34. Coward Of The County, Kenny Rogers
35. Ladies Night, Kool and The Gang
36. Take Your Time, S.O.S. Band
37. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough), Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer
38. Too Hot, Kool and The Gang
39. More Love, Kim Carnes
40. Pop Muzik, M
41. Brass In Pocket, Pretenders
42. Special Lady, Ray, Goodman and Brown
43. Send One Your Love, Stevie Wonder
44. The Second Time Around, Shalamar
45. We Don’t Talk Anymore, Cliff Richard
46. Stomp – Brothers Johnson
47. Heartache Tonight, Eagles
48. Stomp, Brothers Johnson (what, again?)
49. Tired Of Toein’ The Line, Rocky Burnette (but the video is a goofy classic)
50. Better Love Next Time, Dr. Hook
51. Him, Rupert Holmes
52. Against The Wind, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
53. On The Radio, Donna Summer
54. Emotional Rescue, Rolling Stones
55. Rise, Herb Alpert (oh come on, you like it, too!)
56. All Out Of Love, Air Supply  (gag, choke)
57. Cool Change, Little River Band
58. You’re Only Lonely, J.D. Souther
59. Desire, Andy Gibb
60. Let My Love Open The Door, Pete Townshend
61. Daydream Believer, Anne Murray
62. I Can’t Tell You Why, Eagles
63. Don’t Let Go, Isaac Hayes
64. Don’t Do Me Like That, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
65. She’s Out Of My Life, Michael Jackson
66. Fame, Irene Cara
67. Fire Lake, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
68. How Do I Make You, Linda Ronstadt
69. Into The Night, Benny Mardones
70. Let Me Love You Tonight, Pure Prairie League
71. Misunderstanding, Genesis
72. An American Dream, Dirt Band
73. One Fine Day, Carole King
74. Dim All The Lights, Donna Summer
75. You May Be Right, Billy Joel
76. Hurt So Bad, Linda Ronstadt
77. Should’ve Never Let You Go, Neil Sedaka and Dara Sedaka
78. Pilot Of The Airwaves, Charlie Dore
79. Off The Wall, Michael Jackson
80. I Pledge My Love, Peaches and Herb
81. The Long Run, Eagles
82. Stand By Me, Mickey Gilley
83. Heartbreaker, Pat Benatar
84. Deja Vu, Dionne Warwick (not her best, but I love Dionne)
85. Drivin’ My Life Away, Eddie Rabbitt
86. Take The Long Way Home, Supertramp
87. Sara, Fleetwood Mac
88. Wait For Me, Daryl Hall and John Oates
89. Jo Jo, Boz Scaggs
90. September Morn, Neil Diamond (I can’t actually remember this, I’m just going with the principle that anything with “Morn” in the title can’t be good. Oh wait, now I remember. Not exactly “Cracklin’ Rosie”, was it?)
91. Give Me The Night, George Benson
92. Broken Hearted Me, Anne Murray
93. You Decorated My Life, Kenny Rogers
94. Tusk, Fleetwood Mac
95. I Wanna Be Your Lover, Prince
96. In America, Charlie Daniels Band
97. Breakdown Dead Ahead, Boz Scaggs
98. Ships, Barry Manilow
99. All Night Long, Joe Walsh
100. Refugee, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

And there you go. It’s interesting to notice what still gets airplay, and what had me searching YouTube because I couldn’t remember them at all.

Pollyanna Meanders Through the Random Weirdness Mall

Lyda here. Definitely time for another Random Weirdness Post.

The Random Weirdness of Humans – Consumer Edition

A Robot Toilet Paper Holder. Thanks to Tina Roth Eisenburg, curator of the site Swiss Miss, who seems to be as much of a fan of silliness as the Pollyannas. Lookie what made her smile.

If you are bored with the usual kitchen decor, how about a print from Marc Johns  of twelve badass mayonnaise jars? Or perhaps you prefer skateboarding sandpipers? (You can click on the pictures to embiggen.)

Check out this ViewMaster Mirror from Fun By Design . $150.oo?! Gasp! And I love the Cupcake Seat. Both best illuminated by a Gummi Bear light, of course.

But I’m sure that Gorgeous and Available Engineer Brother would prefer this Pac Man Ghost light.

That site lead me to bazar design, where I found these roadkill doormats.

Is it horrible that I like them? Is it sick that they are inspiring me to create Xmas ornaments similar to them?

Or maybe Black Valentines cards… hmmm. 

Yes. Yes it is sick.

Quick, distract them with the Night and Day glasses.

Pollyanna’s “Bucket List” and “Half-Bucket List”

NOTE:  This post has been hanging around for a while, with both of us working on it as we can. But I just realized that I only have eleven and a half months to meet the goals on the “Half-Bucket List” – so I’m posting it. We’ll be making this a page, and adding and changing this as we go – definitely a work in progress…

As I would say to my son, “Just like your mom!”

So here goes…

Another collaborative post. Anna-Liza will use this color, and Lyda will use this color, just to help you keep it straight. We’ll put this on a page on the blog, and add and subtract and check off things as we go.

I didn’t see the movie The Bucket List and I never intend to. It sounds awful, not in the least bit funny or thought-provoking, and I’ve never understood why everyone seems to think Jack Nicholson is a demi-god. I think he’s seriously overrated, and never could see what Anjelica Huston (or any other otherwise sensible woman) saw in him. He’s played the same damn character in every movie at least since Terms of Endearment and is the opposite of attractive in any sense of the term. But I digress. And I don’t have any idea if Lyda agrees with me.

I haven’t seen that movie either. I just don’t see depressing movies, and it sounds like a bummer. And I prefer this kind of bucket . As for Jack Nicholson, in some movies I’ve liked him but maybe that’s just good casting. I did like The Witches of Eastwick at the time. I agree about the “not attractive” thing. Nicholson is at the other end of the attraction scale from, say, Harrison Ford. Harrison Ford is always attractive. I will see him in anything, anytime, anywhere. Including my dreams, baby. But I digress too. Make that Alan Rickman or … hmmm … perhaps Daniel Craig for me … Fine. I’m very happy to keep Harrison all to myself. Yum.

On the other hand, I just saw a movie called 7 Things To Do Before I’m Thirty – that was a fun movie. And hey, 7 things. I can do 7 things… not before I’m thirty – ’cause that ship sailed long ago… there I go, digressing again… – but I should  be able to do 7 things before I’m 50.

To do before we die:

  • Achieve enlightenment
  • Make a lace shawl out of cobweb
  • Finish Very Superior Husband’s Cabled Rib cardigan (okay, this maybe should be on the “before fifty” list, but I don’t want to be unrealistic here)
  • Visit the Philippines for a good, long time
  • Vist several Central/South American countries–the current list is Peru, Costa Rica, and Guatamala
  • See all my children grow up and create their own lives
  • Sing in front of an audience regularly
  • Learn a musical instrument other than piano or kazoo. Guitar, banjo, drums, mandolin are all on my interest list. Re-learning piano would be okay, too
  • Figure out what I want to do when I grow up
  • Finish my master’s degree and maybe start on my doctorate
  • Travel! I’d love to visit Maui, London, Paris, China… Egypt, Japan, Kauai … Africa, Australia, New Zealand…
  • Have an art/photography exhibit
  • Write a book with Anna-Liza Shall we make it the memoir/porn novel we keep talking about, or aim for something more highbrow? Hmm. What do our fabulous readers think?
  • Do a weekend silent retreat (Ya’ll stop laughing, I could do it. I could not talk for a weekend, really I could. Oh hush.) I don’t know, Lyda. I’ve done one of these and it’s harder than it sounds. So to speak. Er. You know what I mean. I’d do it again, but, not to hurt your feelings or anything, maybe we shouldn’t try doing one together. Just sayin’. Maybe a “talking/crafting retreat” for us? Uh, yeah, we’d never make it through a silent afternoon together, much less a weekend. A talking/crafting retreat sounds much better for us together.
  • Get my finances in order – this is actually one of my main focuses for this year Me too me too!!!
  • Make peace with my body this is my other main focus this year  Um, yeah, me too on this one. Sigh. Double sigh.
  • Learn to weld  Um, not me too. But you could go here to do it!
  • Go to the opera  I’d go, but it’s not an item on my list.
  • Finish my book on my mother
  • Spend a whole weekend with Anna-Liza, just the two of us You’ll notice she didn’t say “quiet weekend”.
  • Enter a quilt in the county fair  Ditto, with “knitted item” instead of “quilt”
  • Participate in National Novel Writing Month
  • Knit something that is not rectangular – I mean, something that is intentionally not rectangular, not like the parallelograms I’ve knit so far… for example, knit a pair of socks

To do before we’re fifty: Hey, fifty is less than a year  for me *gasp*, so you better get moving on some of this stuff, girlfriend. Oh, the pressure! Heh. I have … three and a half years on mine. Procrastinator that I am, though, it will be interesting to see how close to the wire I take it!

  • Get Rolfed
  • Go to my spiritual group’s annual conference in LA
  • Finish Eris (I’m down to the last cuff, the blocking, and the weaving in so there’s a decent chance this will happen) Can’t wait to see it!
  • Spa Day with girlfriends
  • Long weekend alone with Very Superior Husband at a nice hotel, with dancing high on the agenda, possibly on the Mexican Riviera
  • Establish a daily tai chi habit
  • Re-establish a daily meditation habit
  • Spa day… mmm…. or at least a massage
  • Celebrate my son’s high school graduation (this June – woo-hoo!)
  • Finish and send off the promised items for my Pay It Forward Challenge
  • Finish all the challenges in Pollyanna’s Reading in Wonderland Challenge (I’m getting there)
  • Go out on a date Go out somewhere where I could potentially meet eligible menz to date (nothing like setting the bar low, right?)
  • Get the garage decluttered and organized (ya’ll knew there would be a Cleaning Obsession goal, right?)
  • Quilt a zombie (hey, what’s a list without a zombie?)
  • Write a column for a magazine – hey, wait, I already do that! Awesome!

There, seven things for me to do this year. And most of them seem completely possible… right? Absolutely, completely possible. Although you actually listed eight.  Yeah, but one’s already done. Giving myself a head start, you see…

Pollyanna powers down

Lyda here.

I searched the kitchen many times last night. No cake magically appeared. My foot hurts. I got bad stuff in the mail last night (the DW strikes again).

I stopped at the store this morning for diet soda (mega size), Hostess cupcakes (CAKE), and a lottery ticket (my luck’s gotta change soon, right? Right? Bueller? Anyone?).

And today is the Ides of January. Beware! Kinda. Close enough. Will you just go ahead and beware, ya’ll?

But I digress.

And after all the whining, I hope this makes you smile:

David Tennant
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Pollyanna Wants CAKE!!!!!

Lyda here.

Monday I tripped and fell at work. At night. When I was the only one in the building.

Tuesday I spent two-and-one-half hours at the worker’s comp clinic so that the young whippersnapper doctor could tell that my foot is only sprained and I should put ice on it – and he only gave me ibuprofen.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I worked full-out and full-time. Thursday and Friday will be the same.

What, no good drugs?

No all-expenses trip to Hawaii to recouperate?

No cabana boys??

No margueritas???


I’m going to have to turn this over to my legal representatives.

Here they are now.

Lord of the Rings Cast
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